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Definitions of FACTIONS
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In the ancient games of the Circus, parties distinguished by their colours. To the earliest, the red and the white, were added afterwards the blue and the green ; and the four were supposed to represent the four seasons. By others the blue and green were regarded as denoting the conflict of the earth and the sea. These factions were causes of serious disturbances in Constantinople.-Gibbon, Roman Empire, ch. xl.
By Henry Percy Smith